TSN has an article up allowing viewers to have their say in the debate: Should Athletes (or celebrities in general for that matter) be able to say whatever they want on their personal Twitter account?
I saw on Twitter that Coyotes player Paul Bissonette had his account shut down by his agent, whether or not directly as a result of this specific Tweet: "sorry communist. back to the soviet", in reference to Kovalchuk's rejected contract.
I say that these athletes should be able to say whatever they want as long as they are willing to face the consequences of saying the wrong thing. If they say something that gets them, or their team in trouble, let the appropriate parties deal with it internally.
And if they say something that causes a stir with a community or their fans, like Bosh asking followers if he should stay (in Toronto) or not, then they will have to face the wrath of the people.
So, I say let them do what they want as long as they are willing to deal with the repercussions. Some people need to use discretion and realize the impact and affect they have as a celebrity.
What do you think?